Downtime needed

by Suw on May 17, 2006

So at the moment I'm in Amsterdam. Really enjoying the Xtech conference on the one hand, but really struggling on the other. I did something today I have never done before, and I'm feeling pretty crappy about it. I committed to moderating a session, but I complete forgot about it. I hate letting people down and it's even worse when you let them down for reasons as pathetic as 'I forgot'. The session went off fine without me, but it's just a bit more evidence that I really, really need some time to just chill out and mentally unpack, as it were.
The last few weeks have been particularly busy and tense, what with one thing and another, and I feel a bit like I have a huge backlog of stuff that just needs processing so that I can get it out of my head. Next week is slightly quieter, but not quiet enough. I need a holiday. Two weeks offline should do it.
Hmm… When do I get two weeks clear?

Anonymous May 18, 2006 at 4:36 am

I'll see if I can send it sometime before the next two weeks!

Anonymous May 18, 2006 at 9:16 am

When you MAKE two weeks clear, girl, and you know it! 😉 It's not letting people down to say “Sorry, I'm on holidays next week.” Everybody does it. I'm willing to come and sit on your computer for you if necessary *grin*

Anonymous May 18, 2006 at 2:32 pm

Don't you get a bit of time to relax in Amsterdam?
It'd be a shame if you missed the chance to see the Van Gogh museum, and the Rijksmuseum. We saw it about a month ago, including “The Nightwatch”: Fantastic.

Anonymous May 18, 2006 at 3:03 pm

Not a hope. Just here for the conference. But it's cheap to get here, and so it just gives me a good reason to come back.

Anonymous May 19, 2006 at 7:25 am

out of office assistant is your friend. 😉
the long hair looks good.

Anonymous May 21, 2006 at 9:33 am

I missed this conference and it was on my doorstep.
And in my favourite Amsterdam hotel.
How do you know about all these conferences? Is there some site that lists them all?
It is a shame that most ones I want to go to I only find out about when they pop-up on my “blogdar”!

Anonymous May 22, 2006 at 8:29 pm

It's a shame you missed it, it was fun!
No, there isn't a list. I find out about stuff through the grapevine, and I miss a fair amount of stuff too. Maybe there some hCal thing you could do… or a wiki, to keep track of them. I dunno. But it'd be cool to have a geek calendar somewhere.

Anonymous May 22, 2006 at 8:32 pm

eifion! how're you doing? What are you up to these days?
yeah, I have my 'out of office' on. in fact, I'm leaving it on… now i'm back, there are huge drifts of email in my inbox. meh.

Anonymous May 23, 2006 at 1:12 pm

Now that is giving me a good idea to play with…

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